Spywares are irritating and outright waste of resources.
The first step towards fighting Spywares is to get a good detection and fix tool. Apart from the tools I mentioned in my earlier post on spywares, I recently found a free anti-spyware tool SpyBot-Search & Destroy. This tool has been around for sometime and is famous on the Internet for its effectiveness, but I discovered it, only recently :-)
The next step against spywares, if you are using Windows XP, is to install Windows XP SP2. Among the many enhancements of Windows XP SP2 the one I simply love is the “Manage Add-Ons” menu in IE Tools menu. This option (finally) allows me to View/Disable/Enable all the IE Add-Ons and ActiveX controls loaded by IE.